Chill Events for the Perfect Fall-Winter Getaway
As the year draws to a close and the winter holidays approach, you might be looking to squeeze in one last getaway before the end of the year. Maybe a food and drink festival is just the thing, or a fun run or international festival might tempt you to book a plane ticket.
Here are 9 events for November and December to consider adding to your travel list:
Mexico City: Día de los Muertos
Spiritually significant Day of the Dead traditions are celebrated across Mexico the first two days of November in remembrance of loved ones who have died. Since 2016, the observance has culminated in Mexico City with a colorful parade. Curiously, the parade was originally created as a set piece for the opening scene of the 2015 James Bond film, Spectre. Sensing demand from visitors the following November, local officials have made it an annual event ever since.
Nashville: The Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman
For a true deep dive into Americana, head to the Ryman in Nashville, Tenn., considered the "mother church" of country music. The Grand Ole Opry tradition began at the Ryman, picking up steam in the 1940s. Now hosted in a massive commercial complex much of the year, the live radio show in November and December returns to its roots, showcasing an array of country music superstars several nights a week at the Ryman.
Austin: Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend
Since 2009, one of the Lone Star State's most hotly-anticipated food festivals has brought together Texas Monthly's top 50 barbecue joints each November for a weekend of brisket, beer and live music in Austin, Texas. You can rub elbows with famed pit masters like Aaron Franklin and Charles Brewer between meat science workshops and 'cue tastings, set to the sounds of Texas swing and soul music.
Atlanta: Native American Festival & Pow Wow
Held in early November, the Native American Festival & Pow Wow in Atlanta's Stone Mountain Park features dance, music, cooking and craft demonstrations, storytelling sessions and wildlife presentations. From a dance-and-drum competition to a marketplace filled with handmade goods and gifts, the annual festival honors Native American culture and seeks to educate visitors on the importance of its preservation.
Thailand: Yi Peng Lantern Festival
Held during the full moon in the twelfth month of the lunar calendar (usually falling in November), the Yi Peng lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, heralds good luck and gratitude each year. As flickering lanterns are released en masse into the night sky and hand-wrapped banana leaf kratong float down the river, celebrants are invited to let go of misfortune and clear the path ahead for better days.
Las Vegas: Rock & Roll Marathon
Tie on your running shoes and get ready for a wild night run through the Las Vegas strip. The Rock & Roll Marathon, which takes place in mid-November, offers a full- or half-marathon option for serious competitors, as well as a 10K and 5K. Filled with runner perks and after-parties, this event is as much about revelry as it is about the sport — it's been an annual tradition in Sin City since 1967.
New York City: WhiskyFest
Hosted by Whisky Advocate magazine, this tasting event draws together whisky enthusiasts in early December in New York City. Typically offering tastes of hundreds of blends and single malts, there's likely something to please even the most discerning whisky lover's palate. For plus-ones who aren't as enthusiastic about the brown stuff, other spirits are available by request.
France: Rise Festival
Whether you're looking for a high-octane adventure or a laid-back, cozy retreat, the yearly Rise Festival in mid-December offers customizable music and ski experiences high up in the French Alps. You can take it easy enjoying outdoor shows by day and curling up by a fire at night, or scream down the slopes each morning and dance late into the winter night. And if a full weeklong festival is just too much, you can drop in for a long weekend instead.
Arizona: PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Every college football season brings with it a series of nail-biting playoff games, including the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in late December at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Viewed as a national event on par with the Peach, Cotton, Rose, Orange and Sugar Bowl games, the big face-off airs live on television. But there's no better place to cheer on the winning (or losing) team— and ring out the year — than inside the stadium itself.
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